Deal of the Day


Yes, it’s autumn now in my country (Although this year, autumn felt like 2 weeks and then winter hit…) This is a hauntingly beautiful fall photo by Flickr photographer Aaron Fuhrman!

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Photo credit: Aaron Fuhrman (cropped, edited saturation)

Walking-Dead-Telltale-GamesZombie fans! Casual gamers! Do you have an iPhone or iPad, or Xbox Live? For a limited time only, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed “Walking Dead – The Game” by Telltale Games, based on the smash hit TV series is FREE! (Episode 1 only) Download it now before it’s too late!! (works best on iPad2 or better)

Walking-Dead-Telltale-Games-2IGN explains the uniqueness of the  gameplay:

“As you play through [the episode], the big moments come when you choose how Lee [the protagonist]  responds to situations and what he says in conversations with his fellow survivors. Choices and dialogue pop up on screen with timers, and you have seconds to pick exactly what you’re going to do or say. Whereas previous adventure games from developer Telltale Games would let you run through every possible line of dialogue, that isn’t the case here. In The Walking Dead, you choose, and the game moves on – adapting its story to each decision.”

In the end, IGN gives it a 9.3/10.

“The Walking Dead: The Game is something special. By giving players the option to craft relationships and make choices that fill out the story, The Walking Dead wraps you up in its events and makes you care in a way few video games can.”

Click here for App Store (iOS) or go here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walking-dead-the-game/id524731580?mt=8

So, you learned your lesson from past launches of console releases and remember that you don’t wanna be left out of the water cooler chat after Xmas. Everyone will be talking about the Wii U and how fun it is (it has happened to me when the original Wii came out, and I hated it). Well, get your butt moving, because the black Wii U is sold out almost everywhere (at time of this posting). However! As of Oct-04-2012, you still have three chances left: Toys R Us and Wal-mart have not yet started taking preorders (watch my blog), and The Source (Canada, no in-store pickup) is still accepting preorders (for now).

The question is: should you fork over the extra $50 for the Deluxe Bundle at $349? The answer is an absolute OMG yes! The Basic set doesn’t even include a game! The deluxe set comes with the game Nintendo Land, hard drive space increases from 8GB to 32GB, a Deluxe digital points system (a Rewards system to use for later purchases), and accessory stands (as well as everything in the base set including the tablet controller). Remember, you can use your old Wii remotes to play on the Wii U (so you save money there).

So, how is this Nintendo Land game? Game critics and hardcore gamers usually dismiss Nintendo games as too casual or one-dimensional, especially mini-games collections. However, watch this newly posted eye-opening game review by GameInformer below (or click here), they explain how the game is originally deceiving in its gameplay depth and yet extremely addicting. Below that video is the E3 gameplay presentation of Nintendo Land that GameInformer was referring to in their review (or click here).

How quickly did the first set of Deluxe bundles sell out? Just three to four days at Gamestop, EB Games, Bestbuy and Futureshop. I expect the same for the others that will sell preorders. I highly recommend to take the safe route and NOT to go to the store to buy after the release date, November 18th, unless you enjoy waiting in huge lines for hours or enjoy being disappointed with sold out signs. You will not see supply until after January 2013.

REMEMBER, you snooze you lose!

I can just see it… Soccer moms hearing about the new Wii U thinking, “What a steal for $300 for a Nintendo iPad!” They rush over to the store, hoping to surprise the kids with the best Xmas present of 2012, then leave disappointed when they learn they’re all sold out and no supply till next year (or they settle for the basic and not realize they could have saved some money with the Deluxe).

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Also, this is historic for Canadians: This is the first video game console launch where both the US and Canadian prices ARE EXACTLY THE SAME!!! I’m really shocked! Go Canadian Loonie Go!!

Hey video gamers in Canada, Walmart Canada has put two games on sale that onomeister thinks you may consider buying. One is a highly acclaimed family fun platformer and the other is a music game for casual gamers. Usually at Walmart, these video game sale prices stay the same until all the stock at that store is gone, and no new stock comes in after it’s all gone. So remember, “you snooze you lose”.

  • Rayman Origins (PS3 & Xbox 360) on sale for CAD$9.83 (for PS3) (for Xbox 360) – It has been called a platformer masterpiece. If you loved New Super Mario Bros Wii, then this is a must-buy. IGN rates it a 9.5/10: “Ubisoft drew up a one of a kind style and stuck to it to create one of the prettiest and downright pleasing video games ever created. Excellent controls, laugh out loud co-op and a great sense of challenge and accomplishment. This is platforming at its finest.”. See below for a video review.
  • Black Eyed Peas: The Experience Limited Edition (Xbox 360 Kinect) on sale for CAD$9.83 – This game is obviously a casual party game for the less hardcore. But is it still fun for the casual gamer? Well, this Kinect dance game is similar to Dance Central or The Michael Jackson Experience, and includes 30 of their songs (link to the song list). Don’t worry, any Black Eyed Peas fan should be happy with the selection. And if you like this kinda music, for 240 MS pts per song, you can download nine other songs (must-buy’s would be: “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Like a G6” by Far East Movement, and “Where is the Love?” by Black Eyed Peas). See below for the trailer.

FYI, I was at my local Walmart, and they still had several copies of each game as of time of my post (online seems sold out, though)


Canadians! Sci-fi fans! Blu-ray collectors! I have three great sci-fi movies that are discounted currently on amazon.ca. Remember, these are “you snooze you lose” limited-supply deals. Do you like your sci-fi? Then, if you get all three, your shipping will be free, as your order will be over CAD$25.

  • Super 8 (2011) on sale for CAD$9.99 – From J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, this one has been said to be a tribute to classic Spielberg movies. A mixture of E.T., Jurassic Park and Cloverfield, this tale of youth, mystery and adventure has a nostalgic feeling like Goonies and Stand By Me. It’s nothing innovative but a fun ride. Rated PG-13 (IMDb rating 7.2/10, watch trailer).
  • Moon(2009) on sale for CAD$9.99 – This critically acclaimed film is about a lonely inhabitant of an automated lunar mining base who longs to see his wife and child so much that it starts to get him mentally unstable. This is a must-see if you are a sci-fi fan. Rated R (IMDb rating 8.0/10, watch trailer).
  • Equilibrium(2002) on sale for CAD$6.99 –  Watch a young Christian Bale and Sean Bean in this sci-fi film in which the action sequences are very well-choreographed. The post-apocalyptic movie has been compared to the Matrix and George Orwell’s 1984. Rated R (IMDb rating 7.6/10, watch trailer).

Finally! Some AAA games on the PS3 that I’ve been waiting for the price to come down. At Wal-mart Canada, for CAD$14.83 each, you can get Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, Uncharted 2 (GoTY edition), God Of War 3, Infamous 1, Modnation Racer, Killzone 3, Little Big Planet 1 (GoTY edition).

I finally bought Heavy Rain and GT5 after all this time. I’m so excited to play both, as they were both highly touted games. Heavy Rain‘s Metacritic score is 87%, while Gran Turismo 5 is 84%.

FYI, each Wal-mart will have different stock. I went to the huge bargain bin that had the price sign “$15 and up” and it took me 10 minutes to find the games that I wanted, so YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Phew, it’s expensive being a video game fan!

(Sorry U.S. friends, this sale is not for Wal-mart USA – yet)

OMG unbelievable deal of the year for a bundle of eight highly-rated PC games!! Only 5 days left (as of my post date: 06/09/2012), so hurry! If you’ve been following gaming, you’ll already know these critically-acclaimed games: Braid, Bastion, LIMBO, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, Super Meat Boy, Psychonauts; but you also get Amnesia: The Dark Descent (A first-person horror game about living through a nightmare), and Lone Survivor (an intense side-scrolling psychological horror game).

**Keep in mind that you can pay any amount you wish to get four games, but only customers who pay more than the *average* price (currently listed on website as $8.29) will receive Bastion, Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Lone Survivor, as well as several music soundtracks of five of the games. System requirements are on the website.

This “Humble Indie Bundle” has been promoting new (and old) PC games made by indie developers for several years now. These games are sold and distributed online at a price determined by you, the customer. The games are DRM-free, and independently developed, and you decide how you want the revenue split between the developers, charities and humble bundle organizers. Worried if it’s legit? See their wiki page.

There have been nine of these bundle drives now and many have said this current Humble Bundle is the best one ever! If you love video games like me, you MUST own this bundle!

Here’s a quick review of each game, and further below is a video show showing clips from every game in the bundle (a few f-words by the reviewer, lol)

  • Braid – This memorable and innovative side scrolling masterpiece has beautiful lush visuals and a feature that lets you rewind your last steps if you die, a very handy tool.
  • Bastion – An isometric hack-and-slash role-playing game that has won many awards, highly regarded for its gorgeously colourful graphics, you’ll laugh at the deep-voiced narrator (voted for its outstanding music in 2011)
  • LIMBO – A beautiful black & white puzzle adventure game that is simple but challenging in later levels, you’ll love the aesthetics and art style.
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Highly-rated when it came out on iOS devices, this simple and fun indie gem uses 8-bit pixel graphics beautifully and was nominated for its amazing and memorable music in 2011.
  • Super Meat Boy – This pull-your-hair-out difficult platformer game will challenge you to the max. You will die a thousand deaths, but the adrenaline and excitement that you feel when you complete a level is just great.
  • Psychonauts – One of those few games that make you laugh out loud, this game has sharp humour, bizarre characters and excellent production values.
  • Amnesia: The Dark DescentA first-person horror game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare – a very scary game!
  • Lone Survivor – This chilling and disturbing survivor horror game has an irresistible atmosphere of spine-tingling dread.

Braid

Bastion

LIMBO

Superbrothers

Super Meat Boy

Psychonauts

Amnesia

Lone Survivor

I might have to finally go buy myself a cheap PC game controller (especially for Super Meat Boy, and the other platformers).

Note: I do not make any kind of commission or credit for posting about this deal.

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